This is the first message in a series of messages that are important updates regarding the accessibility of a major system upgrade here at the University. You will use this system to do many things like registering for courses, checking financial aid status, and more.
This upgrade will affect all students. Accessibility for people with disabilities using adaptive technology (i.e. screen readers, screen magnifiers, etc.) is an important part of the upgrade. If you are a person with a disability, these messages are extremely important. We invite you to stay up-to-date.
Upgrade: Getting Access to the Accessible Format
Remember that system upgrade that's coming? Remember that we're working on it to make it accessible?
If you use adaptive technologies such as a screen reader (JAWS, NVDA), a screen magnifier, or Dragon Naturally Speaking to navigate the web, you will interact with the system in a format that's being built for adaptive technology users.
If you use adaptive technologies, we need to know who you are!
If you think you will want to interact with the system in this accessible format, you must email Emily Norenberg and tell her you want the accessible format for the upgrade. Please do this no later than Wednesday, March 11.
If you have questions about whether or not you need the accessible version of the system, please call and we can talk (218-726-6101).
Also - FAQs for system accessibility are here - take a look.
Access to The Upgrade for People with Disabilities
The Upgrade will provide unprecedented access to information about our University lives, bringing together information from student systems, financial systems and human resource systems. One of the results we most hope for is universal empowerment - that each of us will be able to access more University information, more easily, even though we interact with information technology and systems in different ways.
That’s why Upgrade staff, Disability Resources staff, and numerous vendors are working hard to make the upgraded systems as accessible as possible for people with disabilities who use adaptive technologies (AT). Adaptive technology users will eventually be able to access all MyU functionality. On April 20, when the new system is scheduled to go live, only part of the system will be accessible via AT. After the launch date, work will continue to make the rest of the system accessible.
In the meantime, people with disabilities using AT who cannot complete a process or access information will be directed to these points of contact:
Student users facing student-related process challenges:
UMD One Stop at 218-726-8000 or email@example.com.
University staff and faculty users facing HR-related process challenges:
Office of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.756.2363.
The University is committed to making this system work for everyone, and will continue to work toward increased accessibility.